Jump to content
peejman

The Garden Thread

Recommended Posts

I moved my garden, sprayed round-up, twice, during non-rain days.  Finally, I tilled the area, but the next day it rained so will have to do it again.  I have some garden soil from lowes to raise it, so planting should go well either way.  I have plants, peppers and tomatoes,  under the lights doing well so hoping for a decent crop.  I plan on planting about the middle of the month, hopefully the last freeze will have passed by then.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are building 2 more 10x50 chicken runs. The three we built last year have been good and scratched in. I'm thinking a total of about 7 will allow us to keep a couple green for the girls, a couple growing cover crops ( which will also go to the girls and 2-3 producing food close to year round.

The aquaponics system was refined over the winter and is now producing a ton of leafy greens things. We eat what we want but the majority goes to the pigs and chicks.We also set up a large sprouting operation over the winter. We have about 30 bus tubs of various organic non- gmo grains sprouting. This will cut back soon. We mostly used this to keep the various critters in green material during the winter.

Still haven't worked out exactly what we will do with the aquaponics once it gets too hot to grow leafy things. Probably build a few wicking beds to grow various peppers. The fish water is excellent for irrigation and that help keep the water clean for the fish because we put in makeup.

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Planted my garden yesterday, except for tomato and pepper plants. Those will go in this evening.

Anybody else planted yet?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, gregintenn said:

Planted my garden yesterday, except for tomato and pepper plants. Those will go in this evening.

Anybody else planted yet?

Onions, radishes, chard, arugula, and carrots are all poking out of the ground. Just a wee bit mind you, but up nonetheless.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just put out my peppers and tomatoes.  I want to do sweet corn, radishes and some type of melon, but may have to buy seedlings for the melons.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Once I got the tiller to run...  I got the garden tilled last night and my wife planted this morning. Maters, beans, peas, zucchini, okra, peppers, spinach, cukes, ... I think that's it. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We planted our garden this weekend... TWICE

We had bought some veggie plants from Home Depot a week ago, and they really needed to be planted, so I got motivated. I had tilled a week or two ago, and our free-ranging chickens loved scratching around in the freshly turned dirt. The wife and I were concerned about them messing up the plants, or digging up seeds, so we added a layer of plastic fence netting to the existing electric fence. They are usually unaffected by the electric fence, as I think their feathers must be a good insulator.

Anyway, we got the garden all set up and everything planted, and went out to dinner. Later that evening we got home and I went up to the barn, and glanced over at the garden. Every single plant we planted was pulled up and thrown aside! I was dumbfounded and thought someone was playing a mean joke on me. I guess a chicken had gotten in under the fence somehow and just went to town.

So, there we were, just after dusk, replanting our whole garden. Needless to say, our chickens are no longer free-ranging.

:bat:

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Make some chicken pot pie with the veggies. :D 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The spoils from my garden so far....it is a small garden...

 

ql3y4WS.jpg

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My strawberries aren’t even close to getting anything yet, I do have a couple small green tomatoes working though!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3ki1c2f.jpg

Scarecrow made from PVC, bucket, gourd, and my old clothes.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, gregintenn said:

3ki1c2f.jpg

Scarecrow made from PVC, bucket, gourd, and my old clothes.

That's one nice garden spot!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just put out 2 types of peppers and some tomatoes yesterday. My wife's work was giving plants away as part of their healthy inintitive. I still have cucumber., cantaloupe, squash, and watermelon to put out. Gotta get some dirt to get the other raised bed set up. Hopefully get tgat done today. 

Got more strawberries to pick once this shower lets up. Looks like my rhubarb may not be coming back though. 

Does anyone use a rain water catch barrel to water the plants. Either manually or via soak hose. Rainwater always seems to do better than utility water.  Just would be hard for me to set up. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agree, nice looking Garden Greg!

I've seen people using those 250-330 gal caged plastic containers you see on Craigslist for rainwater catch. Need screen netting to keep mosquito's out the top, and a few pieces of PVC to reduce the 1" valve at the bottom to hose-bib, but are fairly easy to setup elevated on cinder-block foundations, etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I about let mine grow up because of all the rain. After yesterday afternoon and this morning, I have it fairly clean again.

 

The scarecrow is working, because I've not seen one on the place since I put him out. I think I'll let the corn get big enough the crows won't pull it up, and put the scarecrow in the barn so they don't get used to him. When the corn is about to get ripe, I'll put him back out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

The Fine Print

Tennessee Gun Owners (TNGunOwners.com) is the premier Community and Discussion Forum for gun owners, firearm enthusiasts, sportsmen and Second Amendment proponents in the state of Tennessee and surrounding region.
TNGunOwners.com (TGO) is a presentation of Enthusiast Productions. The TGO state flag logo and the TGO tri-hole "icon" logo are trademarks of Tennessee Gun Owners. The TGO logos and all content presented on this site may not be reproduced in any form without express written permission. The opinions expressed on TGO are those of their authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the site's owners or staff.
Before engaging in any transaction of goods or services on TGO, all parties involved must know and follow the local, state and Federal laws regarding those transactions. TGO makes no claims, guarantees or assurances regarding any such transactions.
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to the following.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Guidelines